McCalls 6992 - Needs More Plaid

I have some big things in the works, which is my excuse for not having good photos of work this round, and well the last post too. But more on all that after I show off.

I made ANOTHER m6992, I'd link to my other posts but it's basically all of them at this point so just scroll you lazy bastard. This time since I left out the bottom band it is longer in the back (it's supposed to be like that, so not a mistake, asymmetrical style), which I like but it's a hair short in the front for my liking. 
 Did I take a photo from the side or back to show all this? No. Sorry dude.

This was my fix for a plain, short shirt: ADD PLAID! I cut up an old shirt (don't say upcycle). Now the front flap matched the length in the back, did I show the sides? No. I know, I know, super helpful. But look at those kick ass stripes! It was pain in the neck to add them after the shirt was complete. I had to twirl the whole shirt around my sewing machine 4 times. Is it perfect? No. But I do feel like a badass in it.

In case you haven't noticed I LOVE PLAID #fashiongoals

SO the big projects that have all my attention are, first of all, Halloween!

So true.

Here is your hint for what I will be. Not sewing-heavy really, but every year I always make something that I can use as a purse, but isn't. Like I added zipper to a rubber chicken when I was a clown, or a clip board when I was Flo, or a money bag when I was a bank robber. Anyway my costume this year is simple but my purse won't be.

My other big project is I got picked to test a pattern! It's by a French company and the instructions are poorly translated, all measurements need to be converted. It also had to be printed and taped together, and now traced, so it's been pretty slow going. But it's a coat! Just in time for winter! I already bought the fabric (surprise! it's plaid) which gets me excited but still have bummer prep work first. BOO

But you would know all this if you followed me on Instagram or snap chat...

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Sew All the Things!

Do you ever get a pattern and you just don't want to crack it open? Right now it's perfect, and in my head the end result is perfect. If I open it and make the wrong size, then I just have wrinkled tissue paper and sadness. Right now I have hope, doing the project will only bring me back down to the earth of mistakes and errors. In the meantime I've been avoiding that pattern and making other stuff. Here is the other stuff:

I made another Peter Pan collar. This time out of velvet and old cape lining. It's a hair tight because the last time I made it the fabric had a lot of stretch, the houndstooth doesn't have much at all.

I made the collar smaller this time, and maybe a little too small for my taste. I like it, it just wasn't was I was going for. I did do a better job attaching it this time, it's even!

tried doing pattern matching. At least the head hole thing isn't as sloppy as last time.

Sometimes I got the pattern to line up. Trust me, it was hard to do, shit was tiny and leaves NO room to shift or move.

I even used my blind hem foot on my serger. I don't think I used it right, but I did something that works. I need to play with tensions I think.

I cut this pattern out like a dumb ass, lesson learned, because now I need to make it a size bigger for next time. I also need to make the shoulders smaller, the seam sits on me in the wrong spot. I added like an inch to the length and I'd still like it longer.

I also made my first kids' shirt. I hated making it. I thought it would be a great way to use scrap fabric. It was more of a labor than a labor of love. No real reason, just didn't get joy from it like selfish sewing does.

That's why I made this. I fucking love it, but I feel like skirts are no big deal, so you get a shitty snapchat photo. Used my favorite pattern of all time, old trusty. I did a GREAT job pattern matching, just trust me ok? I added three inches to the length this time around and it feels like a whole new skirt and not one I've made 1,000 times.

Now back to day dreaming about having this outfit in my closet. Shoes too!

I even want to tackle the jacket, make something like this.

I even have plans to make other things to go with the shirt...that I haven't made yet.

Now all I have to do is find the right size, make the right adjustments to the pattern so it fits like a glove, buy the right fabric, and construct it all without any major flaws. NO BIG DEAL RIGHT?

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